Southampton Trails Preservation Society
We Are A 501(C)(3) Not For Profit

P.O. Box 1171
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Poxabogue Preserve - Sagaponack

Generously Contributed by Ken Kindler
Last Sunday I woke up several hours ahead of my family, so I grabbed an apple, a handful of
almonds, and some water and headed for Poxabogue Preserve.  The Preserve is on the western
edge of Sagaponack, on the north side of the 40-acre Poxabogue Pond.  A half-mile nature trail
takes you through this 26-acre park.  It is a great place for winter waterfowl watching.  If you are an
energetic hiker, you may be tempted to follow the trail parallel to the railroad tracks, under the
overpass, to Narrow Lane and then head north on Haines Path to the entrance to the Long Pond
Greenbelt.  The short lines of sight and the narrow underpass make this a dangerous place to
walk, so I normally will return to my car and drive to the Trailhead for the Long Pond Greenbelt trail

To get to the Poxabogue Preserve Trailhead, travel on Montauk Highway, through Water Mill and
Bridgehampton.  A mile east of Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike turn left (north) at the traffic
light onto Sagg Road.  Take the first left onto Hildreth Lane and bear right onto Old Farm Road.  
You will see Poxabogue Pond to the left.  After a short distance, you will see a dirt parking area.
Suffolk County Parks installed two metal gates at the entrance to the Preserve to discourage
people from driving on the wide, sandy road.  This road had been created to give access to a
subdivision that, thankfully, was never built.

Shortly after entering the Preserve, and just before the second gate, the trail bears to the left
(south) through a field covered with moss, barberry, wintergreen, reindeer lichen, and scattered
bayberry and cedar.  The last time I visited this trail it was summer and there were tree swallows
nesting in the bluebird houses built by the South Fork Natural History Society.  The access road
was churned up by motorized traffic, and it was difficult to follow the trail because there were few
trees on which to put blazes.  This Sunday, I was not surprised to see the birdhouses vacant, but I
was pleasantly surprised to see that the County had erected a second barricade to block cars from
entering the Preserve, and that the Southampton Trails Preservation Society maintenance crew
had used stakes with black owl blazes to mark the trail.  Thanks to the well-placed blazes, this trail
is now very easy to follow.  

As the trail approaches the pond, you enter an oak and hickory woods where you are afforded
several excellent views of the pond.  Soon you will see that there are two bodies of water, Little
Poxabogue Pond and Poxabogue Pond.  If you are alert, you can find an unmarked trail running
between the two ponds.  When I walked to the end of this trail, I followed the sound of moving
water and discovered a place where the water runs between the ponds.  I sat on a log here for a
long time while listening to the water and the tap, tap, tapping of a woodpecker, and then I
re-traced my steps back to the marked trail.  Here the trail follows the woods road parallel to the
railroad tracks.  This part of the sandy path is a perfect place to play animal detective.  I always
check to see the tracks of animals that have used the path or cut across it and try to guess what
they were up to.   After a short walk this road takes you back to the parking lot.

This is a short trail and it is easy to follow.  It runs through fields, woods, and wetlands offering an
interesting and diverse ecology, quite amazing for such a small parcel of land.  Next time you wake
up looking for a nice morning walk, perhaps you will consider taking one here.  

2012 - Take the side trail and see nature from the new viewing stand.